Lot 299 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixed Head Coupé (4.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||83,390 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
Introduced in 1968, the Series II Jaguar E-Type included some significant changes to the earlier model. Early 1968 4.2 coupés received exposed headlamps with chrome embellishers, a collapsible steering column and safety dashboard rocker switches instead of the earlier toggle types. The later Series II added new bumpers and larger tail lights to the other safety features plus a much larger front air intake and two electric cooling fans instead of one. All Series II E-Types had all-synchromesh gearboxes, better brake servos and improved seats.
Requiring restoration, we have on offer today an American market left hand drive (lhd) 4.2 litre Jaguar E-Type fixed head coupé (fhc), imported from California in 1991. From its early Series II chassis number, we may determine that it was manufactured in 1968; however, it is registered as a 1969 car. Bodily, the car is better than at first glance. The vendor states, "according to our research, this is number 14 of the lhd fhc cars built and is therefore fitted with the earlier and more attractive series 1/12 bonnets". The paintwork is badly cracked revealing a previous blue finish and in the area of the left side, lower front sill, the battery appears to have leaked and caused corrosion. However, apart from a few scrapes and dents, the rest of the car looks remarkably sound; especially the bonnet and within the boot area under the spare wheel. Mechanically the engine starts, runs and displays good oil pressure. The twin Stromberg carburettors have recently been overhauled and the non over-drive gearbox functions well. The car sits upon four wire wheels with a fifth wire wheel as a spare. The interior also, is surprisingly not in as bad a state as you may expect. The car was tested at Mallory Park race circuit recently whereby the vendor informs us that it performed admirably.
This E-Type has its original American Certificate of Title and a UK registration document. With values of Jaguar E-Types steadily increasing, this seems an ideal opportunity for the Jaguar enthusiast/collector, especially given the keen estimate.
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